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      Christ among the scaffolds
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  • Sts. Peter- and Paul-cathedral - Paramaribo
      Sts. Peter- and Paul-cathedral
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      Interior view from the organ gallery
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  • Tombstone of Peerke Donders (1809-1889) - Paramaribo
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The all-wooden Sts. Peter- and Paul-cathedral is said to be the largest one in South-America. It was built in the 19th century (inaugurated in 1885), and nowadays in dire need of restauration. The danger of collapse has been diverted by numerous supports on the inside, but the real restauration work has yet to begin.

It is worthwhile to see the interior, with scaffolding, supports and all. There is a tombstone of Peerke Donders, the priest who ran a leper colony in the 19th century.

You may go up to the organ gallery (the organ pipes have been stolen). And if you are not afraid of heights, you may climb one of the towers. The caretaker, mr Grunberg, won't come up with you - he is a bit too old for that. But please, do not forget to give him a tip. Entrance to the church is free.

UPDATE 2013: Since we wrote this tip, the church has been beautifully restored. In April 2013 no more scaffolding inside, but there was outside for a new coat of paint. Peerke Donders is honoured with a new tomb. And now you can attend a concert in the cathedral, see the relevant tip.

Address: Gravenstraat
Directions: The church is open for sightsee-ers Wednesdays and Saturdays 10-12 am. Or on appointment with the caretaker, mr. Grunberg. Find him at the bishop's offices on the right of the cathedral (when facing the cathedral).
Phone: mr. Grunberg: 422140 or 472521

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2013
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